Amandla Stenberg

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Amandla Stenberg
Born (1998-10-23) October 23, 1998 (age 17)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 2011–present

Amandla Stenberg (born October 23, 1998)[1] is an American actress. She is best known for her portrayal of young Cataleya in Colombiana and Rue in The Hunger Games.

Early life[edit]

Stenberg was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Karen Brailsford and Tom Stenberg. Her mother is African American,[2] her father is Danish,[3][4] and her paternal grandmother had Greenlandic Inuit ancestry.[5] Her name means "power or strength" in Zulu and Xhosa.


At the age of four, Stenberg started doing catalog modeling shoots for Disney. She has appeared in commercials for clients such as Boeing.[6][7] In 2011, she appeared in her first feature film, Colombiana, as a younger version of Zoe Saldana's character.[8] Her career breakthrough came when she was cast as Rue in the 2012 film The Hunger Games.[9] She voiced Bia in the 2014 animated film Rio 2.[10] Amandla had a recurring role on season one of Sleepy Hollow. In the summer of 2015, she played series regular Halle Foster on Mr. Robinson.

In 2013 Amandla began performing on the violin and singing harmonies at LA venues with singer/songwriter Zander Hawley. The folk-rock duo known as Honeywater, released their first EP in August 2015.

The British publication Dazed magazine named Amandla "one of the most incendiary voices of her generation" when it featured her on its Autumn 2015 cover. The actress turned social activist helped catapult the topic of cultural appropriation into public discourse when she posted her school project video, "Don't Cash Crop My Cornrows," onto her Tumblr in 2014.

Amandla is the co-author, with Stranger Comics' Sebastian Jones, of the comic book "Niobe: She is Life" published in November 2015.

Personal life[edit]

Stenberg is involved with No Kid Hungry (Share Our Strength is the umbrella organization), an organization working to end childhood hunger in the United States. She expressed her feelings about hunger, saying, "Food is such a basic human need. And I just know that we can provide for every kid in this country."[11] She also supports Ubuntu, which supports kids from "cradle to career" in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

On July 11, 2015 Kylie Jenner posted a photo of herself with her hair in cornrows on Instagram. Amandla used the post as an opportunity to open up a wider discussion about cultural appropriation in the United States. The short lived feud that ensued between Jenner and Stenberg would later become an issue of controversy online and in various news outlets.[12]

She is openly bisexual.[13]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Colombiana Young Cataleya
2012 A Taste of Romance Taylor
2012 The Hunger Games Rue Won – Teen Choice Award for Choice Chemistry (shared with Jennifer Lawrence)
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2012 The World is Watching: Making the Hunger Games Herself Documentary
2013 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Rue Archive footage
2014 Rio 2 Bia Voice
2015 As You Are Sarah


Year Title Role Notes
2012 A Taste of Romance Taylor Unknown
2013–2014 Sleepy Hollow Macey Irving 4 episodes
2015 Mr. Robinson Halle Foster 6 episodes


  1. ^ "Biography- Amandla Stenberg". Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  2. ^ "Colombiana in Mexico City". September 29, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Amandla Stenberg: "So excited to be playing Rue in The Hunger Games"". Hunger Games Network. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ Martin, Michel (April 3, 2012). "Should Kids See 'The Hunger Games'". NPR. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Svensk Hungerspelen Fansida". Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Up Close with Rue!". People March 28.2-12/
  7. ^ "Amandla's resume". Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ Jevon Phillips (September 23, 2011). "'Hunger Games' star on 'Colombiana' and life on the set". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  9. ^ "'The Hunger Games' Pulls In Rue and Thresh". The Film Stage. April 18, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  10. ^ 20th Century Fox Film (February 22, 2013). "Twentieth Century Fox Animation Announces RIO 2 Casting". Business Wire. 
  11. ^ Becca Frucht (March 20, 2012). ""Hunger Games" Amandla Stenberg Kicks Off Our Top 12 Lessons from Panem!". MTV. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 
  12. ^ Uygur, Cenk; Kasparian, Ana. "Kylie Jenner's Cornrows Spark Controversy". The Young Turks. 
  13. ^ "so I took over the teen vogue snapchat today". Tumblr. January 8, 2016. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 

12. IMDb September 6, 2015

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